Minimalism Bookshelf

A compilation of the top books on why less is more

The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up

The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story

Authors: Marie Kondo,

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Marie Kondo’s The Life-changing Manga of Tidying Up is a light but highly effective read that introduces the reader to the KonMari way of cleaning. You will also draw lessons from the fictional character, Chiaki, as she attempts to bring her life (and her house) back to order. It is a book that touches the heart and changes the mind.

Status Anxiety

Status Anxiety

Authors: Alain de Botton,

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Alain de Botton reveals the reason why you worry about your reputation as a winner or a loser. He argues that the cause of this kind of anxiety is that people treat you based on your social class. In this book, he eliminates this practice and helps you overcome the fear that the society might deem you worthless.

Spark Joy

Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up

Authors: Marie Kondo,

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Marie Kondo introduces you to the Japanese art of decluttering, a method she calls KonMari. In this book, she provides instructions ranging from folding socks and arranging kitchen utensils, to placing objects that trigger bad memories. She also provides pictures for guidance, so you can experience an organized, decluttered and simple life.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Authors: Marie Kondo,Cathy Hirano

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Marie Kondo’s organizing strategies are miraculous. In this book, she introduces you to KonMari, a unique approach to cleaning that can even sort out the endless pile of paper and clothes lying around. Her ways will transform your house into a place that gives you solitude, and as a result you will find yourself more inspired and motivated.

The More of Less

The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own

Authors: Joshua Becker,

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Based on first-hand experience, Joshua Becker reveals the power of minimalism. He reveals the flip-side of accumulating wealth and possessions — the unceasing desire for more. And he shows you a way out of this, so you can lead a simple life where the things that truly matter (such as the relationships and mental health) will play a more significant role.

The Power of Less

The Power Of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential

Authors: Leo Babauta,

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Leo Babauta trains you to limit your resources, find your focus and the maximize on what you already have. His practical approaches will make the path to success easier and more realistic. He also shows you how you can achieve goals by breaking them down, become more efficient and increase your productivity.

The Joy of Less

The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify

Authors: Francine Jay,

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A pioneer of the simple living movement, Francine Jay shares simple steps in relation to cultivating a minimalist mindset and form new habits. She shares her own easy-to-follow STREAMLINE method, that can work to declutter any space – be it a drawer, a cupboard, a room or your whole house. What more, the same principles can be used during clutter-inducing life events such as moving, getting married, having kids, or downsizing.

Goodbye, Things

Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism

Authors: Fumio Sasaki,Eriko Sugita

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Goodbye, Things is an inspiring book about a regular guy, Sasaki, and how he transformed his life by bidding farewell to the things he didn’t need. The changes he experienced afterward were mind-blowing. Not only did he feel more liberated, but he found a new focus in life and developed gratitude for all the things he once took for granted.

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7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

Authors: Jen Hatmaker,

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7 is the story of Jen Hatmaker’s life-transforming experience of reducing consumption, after being called “rich” by a poor child she met. The changes she observed in her life were life-transforming. She and her family grew to be more grateful, less indulgent and more generous to the world.

Essentialism

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Authors: Greg McKeown,

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You are in need of McKeown’s wisdom if you find yourself occupied all the time, but not productive. If you want to take a break and reorganize your life. If your schedule is full of doing things for other people. In Essentialism, you will learn how to weed out the unnecessary things so you can focus on what truly matters.

Simplify Your Life

Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things That Really Matter

Authors: Elaine St. James,

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When life overwhelms you, you crave simplicity. This is true for your career, personal space and your relationships too. Elaine St. James is a simplicity expert, and in this book she provides effective strategies that will help you develop a simple and fulfilling life. By the end of it, you’ll rediscover the real quality of life.

Zero Waste Home

Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste

Authors: Bea Johnson,

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Bea Johnson’s Zero Waste Home is a book for anyone who cares about their health, wealth, family and the environment. She discloses the art of sustainable living and how it transformed her life by giving her better health, saving her money and improving her relationship with her family. She provides practical tips for you as well!

Soulful Simplicity

Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More

Authors: Courtney Carver,

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Courtney Carver was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and had no choice but to learn to filter out the stressors in her life. In this book, she shares the tips that worked for her and helps you take a break from a life that is always asking for more. Soulful Simplicity will help you realize what life is really all about.

It's All Too Much

It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff

Authors: Peter Walsh,

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Your home has an impact on your psychology. In this book, your favorite organizational guru from TLC’S Clean Sweep shows you how you can declutter, clear out the unnecessary things that lie around and break free from the prison you’ve made your house into. As a result, you will find that you are more at ease, more positive, and less anxious about life.

Simple Living

Simple Living – 30 days to less stuff and more life

Authors: Lorilee Lippincott,

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Expert minimalist Lorilee Lippincott shares with you some effective strategies of minimalism. Her insights provide you with step-by-step methods to transform you house and help maintain it’s new state. This book not only helps transform your house, you will find that it transforms you life as well.

Throw Out Fifty Things

Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life

Authors: Gail Blanke,

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A clean and organized home has remarkable effects on one’s psychology. In this book, Gail Blanke takes you on a tour around your own house and makes you get rid of 50 things there, including those clothes that don’t fit you anymore and the time-old regrets that have been holding you down!

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